Unbeknownst to them, taxpayers have been footing the bill to purchase intact brains of aborted babies.
The brain tissue was purchased by brain researchers at the University of Connecticut doing research for the National Institutes of Health for more than a decade, at a price as high as $1,080 each, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
Internal emails between Dr. Nada Zecevic, a neuroscientist at UConn, and officials at Planned Parenthood and StemExpress shed light on the tissue procurement process for medical research, the subject of an ethical debate since the release of a series of undercover videos targeting the nation’s largest abortion provider.
Between 2012 and the present, the project spent $10,161.73 on fetal brain tissue, according to records maintained by the university and additional invoices obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.
Funds were used for two fetal brains and over a dozen tissue samples totaling $7,130 from StemExpress, the California-based tissue company that had to cut ties with Planned Parenthood following the Center for Medical Progress videos.
Zecevic also spent federal funding on two second trimester brains from Advanced Bioscience Resources Inc. costing over $300, and an intact calvarium for $645.
Zecevic first corresponded with StemExpress CEO and founder Cate Dyer, who was caught on video saying “another 50 livers a week” would make her company happy, in July 2010.
Zecevic was the recipient of nearly $3.8 million in grants funded by taxpayers to compare human brains to those of lab mice in hopes of finding cures for schizophrenia and autism.
According to one of Zecevic’s grant applications obtained by the Beacon, she worked with Planned Parenthood, StemExpress and a brain bank in New York.
“I have been collaborating with The Albert Einstein Brain Bank and have been receiving brain tissue from them since 1995,” Zecevic wrote on the application in 2010, according to the Beacon. “This tissue is obtained from autopsies done after medical abortions (with the consent of parents) and shipped on ice in buffer, fixative solution or tissue culture solution.”
According to the application, it seems more care was taken to ensure the mice didn’t suffer more than that of their human counterparts.
“Procedures for ensuring that discomfort, distress, pain, and injury will be limited: There is no pain or discomfort associated with anesthesia and immediate subsequent decapitation,” she wrote, reported the Beacon.
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